Fire in Panjab University administrative block; probe ordered

Station Fire Officer Paramjit Singh Gill said no casualty was reported in the incident, which took place around 3 am.

Published: 14th May 2017 09:59 PM  |   Last Updated: 14th May 2017 09:59 PM   |  A+A-

For representational purpose

By PTI

CHANDIGARH: A major fire broke out at the administrative block of Panjab University here today, destroying some records of the accounts department.

It took about two hours for 10 fire tenders to put out the flames which engulfed the first floor of the Dewan Anand Kumar Hall, the administrative building of Panjab University, which has been facing a "financial crisis".

No casualty was reported in the incident, which took place around 3 am, Station Fire Officer Paramjit Singh Gill said.

An electric short-circuit was suspected to have triggered the fire. However, an inquiry has been ordered to ascertain the exact cause.

The fire was first noticed by a group of students coming from the library around 3 am. They saw thick smoke coming out from the building and alerted the varsity's security officials.

PU vice-chancellor Arun Kumar Grover said an inquiry committee would be constituted to ascertain the probable cause of the fire and assess the extent of damage.

Personnel of the Central Forensic Laboratory has visited the site, he said.

"Several documents have been destroyed, but the transactional data is retrievable," the VC said.

He said a safety assessment would be undertaken to prevent recurrence of fire incident.

Stay up to date on all the latest Nation news with The New Indian Express App. Download now
(Get the news that matters from New Indian Express on WhatsApp. Click this link and hit 'Click to Subscribe'. Follow the instructions after that.)

Comments

Disclaimer : We respect your thoughts and views! But we need to be judicious while moderating your comments. All the comments will be moderated by the newindianexpress.com editorial. Abstain from posting comments that are obscene, defamatory or inflammatory, and do not indulge in personal attacks. Try to avoid outside hyperlinks inside the comment. Help us delete comments that do not follow these guidelines.

The views expressed in comments published on newindianexpress.com are those of the comment writers alone. They do not represent the views or opinions of newindianexpress.com or its staff, nor do they represent the views or opinions of The New Indian Express Group, or any entity of, or affiliated with, The New Indian Express Group. newindianexpress.com reserves the right to take any or all comments down at any time.

flipboard facebook twitter whatsapp